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In-Your-Face PoliticsThe Consequences of Uncivil Media$
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Diana C. Mutz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165110

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165110.001.0001

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Does the Medium Matter?

Does the Medium Matter?

(p.153) Chapter 7 Does the Medium Matter?
In-Your-Face Politics

Diana C. Mutz

Princeton University Press

This chapter begins by reviewing arguments evaluating whether television is unique as a medium of political communication. It analyzes whether any of these same effects occur in response to incivility in political discourse that reaches audiences through other media. Although in-your-face politics has been framed as a theory about the effects of television, incivility in political discourse can also occur on the radio, and at times even within newspapers. Furthermore, the Internet has become a particular locus of concern with respect to the civility of political discourse in recent years. Questioning whether in-your-face politics is tied to the emergence of television is important for purposes of understanding the potential historical importance of in-your-face politics.

Keywords:   political communication, television, radio, newspapers, Internet, incivility, audiences, political discourse

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